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Iquitos, Peru Cruise Port

Home to approximately 370,000 inhabitants, Iquitos, Peru is only growing as a hub for travelers eager to discover all the jungle has in store. Iquitos is the self-proclaimed “Capital of the Peruvian Amazon,” and serves as the gateway to discovering the magnificent Loreto jungle. What makes Iquitos special is that although a mecca for wildlife in the Amazon basin, the city is also quite prosperous. The thriving yet wild metropolis is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. In Iquitos, one can dine in elegant, air conditioned restaurants and at the same time marvel at the untamed Amazon rainforest at the city’s edge. To get the most out of your exotic excursion, be sure to:

  • Visit Iquitos’ animal sanctuaries to see wildly colorful butterflies, jaguars, manatees, caimans, monkeys and more!
     
  • Take a boat to Monkey Island and watch nine different species of monkeys roam freely around the 200 hectare enclave – and don’t forget to bring a few bananas!
     
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Yagua people, watch the traditionally dressed villagers’ song and dance routine and even take a crash course in blow dart hunting!
     
  • Cleanse the mind and soul on an Ayahuasca retreat. For travelers seeking spiritual guidance, this indigenous medicine is not for the faint of heart!
     

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